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Aberdeen Beach Case Study is a didactic document to learn about historical context, drivers and issues of climate change in Aberdeen. This document is designed for coastal practitioners as well as future professionals.

 

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Author
David R. Green, Guillaume De La Fons, Thomas Danks, Thomas Bedford
Keywords
Aberdeen, beach, historic, climate change, sea defenses, impact, quiz
Description
Aberdeen Beach Case Study is a document to learn about historical context, drivers and issues of climate change in Aberdeen. The document also includes quiz, glossary, climate change prediction, pictures, graph and contact detail.
Last update
29th September 2010
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Recommended external resources:
GIS video tutorials and documents about Aberdeenshire at http://www.aberdeenclimatechange.net
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Reviewed by Lukasz Daniel Langowski

1. Why did you use this tool and what for?

The Aberdeen beach case study is an interesting educational material about the effects of climate change on coastal erosion and flooding. The case study in three parts (historical context, predicted changes in climate and the impacts of climate change) describes well the climate change issues for Aberdeen beach. The document contents maps, photos and graphs, glossaries, sources and further reading sections. These make this case study useful for college and university students but also for practitioners or local authorities who want to produce an educational material for the public in their area.

2. What changes resulted from using this tool?

This document improved the knowledge on climate change issues that affect Aberdeen. The pictures showing the coastal defences, change in climate and damaged sea wall are really helpful to explain these concepts to students or the public.

3. What worked well and what would you have done differently?

The questions work particularly well because the answers are given and so allow a self study/assessment of them. No changes are needed.

4. Did you tailor this tool in any way to meet your specific needs?

No, the case study is fine.

5. Was it cost-effective? In terms of economic cost but also in terms of human resources and time.

There are three ways to use this case study. The first option is to read carefully all the case study as well as some of the recommended websites. A complete reading of the document as well as answering the questions properly should take around 4 hours. The second option is to use the questions as an exercise in class for students. In this case, two hours will be enough for the students to find the information needed to answer the questions. It is a good exercise which needs concentration, some general knowledge about the subject and critical thinking skill. Last but not least, this document will be useful to anyone who wants to read and learn about one or more of the subjects presented in this case study.

6. Tips or recommendations to practitioners considering using this tool.

The case study appears to be quite long but it is really well organised and offers a lot of interesting figures. Also, the different parts can be read independently. Therefore is it possible to skip a part if the subject is known. Moreover, a part like the glossary could be either studied or skipped depending of the level of the audience.

Try to not look at the answers of the questions before answering them.

This learning portal brings together the results and lessons learned from the IMCORE project. This project was funded under the Interreg IVB programme from 2008 to 2011.

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